PHILADELPHIA - With the 2013 Heptagonal Championships fast approaching, the University of Pennsylvania men's track & field team heads across the Keystone State to Penn State's Sykes & Sabock Challenge in State College, Pa., on Saturday.
The pentathlon and weight throw begin at 9 a.m., while the track events begin at 10:15 a.m. and the remainder of the field events are kicked off by the start of the pole vault at 12:30 p.m. The meet is set to conclude with the 4x400-meter relay at 6:45 p.m.
Last week, four Quakers - Kirk Webb, Semi Ibikunle, Tim Carey and Thomas Pitt - won individual titles to help lead Penn to a first-place finish at the Armory on Saturday. Penn won the nine-team meet with 164 points. Webb posted his first individual collegiate victory with a narrow in the 800 meters, while Pitt won the high jump for the second straight week. Ibikunle won his first event as a Quaker with a victory in the long jump and Carey was victorious in the 500 meters.
In the last visit to State College on Jan. 28 of last year, then-senior Brian Fulton highlighted the weekend for the Quakers. Fulton posted the fourth-fastest time in school history in the 1,000 meters at the Penn State National meet. Fulton was the top collegian and finished second in a fast field with a time of 2:25.84. Other than Tim Kaijala's school-record performance of 2:23.12 in 2007, Fulton's effort was the fastest at Penn in 14 years - when current men's head coach Robin Martin finished with a then-school record time of 2:24.17.
A full recap will be available at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of the meet.